Wednesday, 3 October 2012


Morning lovely Crafters and dear WOYWW friends.

Another week has flown by and it's been a week of big, big changes in The Craft Garden. Facing redundancy from the job he has been in for nearly 30 years my DH started up on his own on Monday. An exciting thing to do but also very scary. Thankfully, he has the backing of an established company but they are based in Chesterfield which is a 90 minute commute from here. I think that has been the biggest challenge so far and it means a very early start. I'm now getting an extra 3 hours crafting every day!!!!!!

So what is on my desk this early in the morning.

Lots of distress inks. I was inspired by a desk last week, sorry I can't remember whose, but a lot of blue and brown inks were being used and so I decided to have a play with that combination and I love it. This is my second sheet. The first one has already been used up but I can't share that with you just yet. I love the fact that you can just splodge the inks onto card and they turn into something really beautiful after being sprayed with either water or a mica spray.

Yesterday, the sun was shining so I played at my Greenhouse desk. Do you remember those Lantana plants I was nurturing in my Craft Room last Winter? Those of you who live in Australia will just have to shut your eyes, but look at them now.

Two survived and they are really beautiful. It's taken all Summer for them to get going but they have rewarded me well.

I'm now nurturing my last remaining Dahlia that didn't end up as the monster slugs dinner. Isn't it a lovely colour?

So that's my desks this week. If you want to share yours then pop over to see our lovely Desk Headmistress, Julia,  HERE.

Lots of you commented on my H20's last week and many said you had them lurking in a drawer from years ago. I've recently rediscovered mine and there is so much that you can do with them apart from just painting. If anyone is interested I'll do another post on how to make backgrounds with them.

Thanks for stopping by. It's our 14th Wedding Anniversary today so I'm celebrating with a cuppa in bed even though it's 6.20am in the morning. Hopefully,  I'll see you at a desk near you later on in the day.

Have a Crafty Wednesday.


Neil said...

Morning, love working with browns and blues. they work so well together. Enjoy the extra craft time too and congrats on the anniversary.

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Happy Anniversary!! Hope you have some of you special day together after all that commuting! Glad it's going well for him :)
LOVE that background, lantana and dahlia - gorgeous colours on them all!!
Hugs, LLJ #xx

Di said...

Hi Lisa - fabby background and yes please to how to make backgrounds with H20s :)

Didn't realise you had such green fingers - super plants there.

The long commute will be tough on your hubby, Len used to do similar (in fact I did too for a lot of years) - but, those extra hours for you I must admit (selfishly) were great when I had them. I was up with the larks and then launched straight into the day here.

Happy WOYWW. Di xx

Annie said...

Happy Anniversary and good luck with the new challenge on the job front. Really hope all goes well.
Love the background pages and those flowers are stunning.
A x #2

okienurse said...

Love all the greens, browns, and blues on your desk. Those lantanas look awesome. Saw a lot growing outside in Spain last year and was so envious of them. Have a great week. Vickie #22

Beryl said...

Hi Lisa, So sorry to hear about the forced change in circumstances but I hope it goes really well. My son had to strike out on his own (can't believe that was 14 years ago) but they've had a decent life on it. Now the boys are older he wants to get back on the farm though. Lantanas are something I've not had - they look gorgeous. Think I need to have a go at some backgrounds now I've seen your scrummy ones from this week.
Beryl xx

JoZart said...

Happy Anniversary to you Lisa.... Hope the change in DH's work is the start of a great new phase for you both. Love the flower pics... those Lantanas look as if they smell gorgeous... if you get my drift.
Sorry to disappoint you ( me too) but I'm not attending Harrogate, I just mentioned it was on and might be the reason Port Sunny wasn't as busy! Never mind eh, one day. Go and say Hello to my bezzy mate Neet on Oyster Crafts instead!
Jo x

sandra de said...

Love your DI project it really is amazing stuff do post a pic of the finished project. Gorgeous flowers even that pesky weed looks pretty good at your place. All the best with your DH new ventures.
Sandra @73

Julia Dunnit said...

Well good luck to your DH on his new'll soon grow out of getting (let alone waking) up with him! A cup of tea n bed richly deserved, congrats on your anniversary! The Lantana has been worth the effort..beautiful stuff. I don't have a single mica based spray that actually works now, am very sprayed off by it all!!

Karen McAlpine said...

Love your backgrounds!! Really pretty flowers.
Karen 91

SueH said...

Happy Anniversary Hun, I hope you both have a lovely day.

Your background sheet is coming along nicely. I was working with Blue and Brown distress ink myself last week and it’s such a lovely combination. You can use the exact same colours every time and never end up with the same look.

Happy Crafting!
Sue @ 79
Beautiful flowers by the way.

Gay Peplow said...

Hi Lisa, OOh you've made me want to get all inky :0) I love making backgrounds, yours looks beautiful:0) Belated Happy Anniversary for Wednesday, hope you celebrated :0) I also hope that your DH's new work goes well, it's exciting and frightening starting anew, what a long journey too, lots of luck to you both, Gay x

Sandy Leigh said...

Happy anniversary! I hope everything goes well with hubby's new venture! That Dahlia is so beautiful--it looks like a painting. I love all your ink backgrounds too. And thanks so much for visiting me as well! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh at #99

Samantha Elliott said...

Happy Anniversary Honey!! Love that coloured piece on your desk. Beautiful. And your flowers are gorgeous! Well done you.
Hettie 118

fairy thoughts said...

hi Lisa
A lovely colourful post, your plants are gorgeous especially the dahlia which was my dear Dad's favourite many years ago.
Your background is looking fab I have been doing the same today from craft stamper. it's good messy fun.
janet #9

fairy thoughts said...

ps i am going to try and post the details for the DI holders next week, so pop back if you are interested

MaggieC said...

Happy Anniversary to you both and I hope you find some time today to celebrate together. All that extra commuting is hard on you both, so make the most of any time together. Your plants are beautiful, and well done for keeping them going. Have a good week. xx Maggie #36

Neet said...

Happy Anniversary and Good luck for DH with the new venture. Lovely plants you are showing us and gorgeous backgrounds with the DI's.
Have you tried my stencil background with them? Think it was yesterdays blog post.
Also try Wild Honey with Tumbled Glass (where they overlap it goes a lovely green, and then a smidging of Rusty hinge, especially on the edges.)
Hugs, Neet 31 xx

Elizabeth said...

Hi Lisa, belated wishes for a happy anniversary - I hope you've had a lovely day.

I like the blues and browns you are working with - the only blue DI I have is Stormy Skies which might not be as effective. However, I'm pleased with the colours I've been mixing. I've completed a card with the one that was on my desk this morning and even made another in quite different colours - I'll post them later so look out for them and see what you think.

Your Lantanas are lovely and the dahlia is stunning.

I would love for you to do a tutorial post on how to make backgrounds with the H2Os - I still haven't opened my pots yet but will definitely do so this afternoon.

Hope you have a good week, and a belated happy WOYWW, Elizabeth x #49

Anonymous said...

Happy Wedding Anniversary! Those flowers are lovely! I am curious about the H20 you mention since i was not able to visit you last week. So i will check that now... I wish you and your DH lots of happiness. #145 melinda alpha

Tracey said...

i am sorry this is late, I just keep nipping on the computer when I can and look at all the wonderful blogs.
I hope you had a lovely wedding anniversary yesterday, congratulations. Good luck to your DH on his new venture. Love your colours of backgrounds and your smashing flowers. Tracey ±93

Lisa-Jane said...

Happy Anniversary! Sounds like 1998 was a great year ;-) Good luck to hubs with his new venture too. So pleased to see that wonderful dahlia there, what a fantastic colour! What is it with slugs this year? They look like they would feed a family of 5!

Samantha Elliott said...

Did you get my photos Honey? Hope Hubby's first week went well

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Lovely Lisa, especially the mica spay and flowers!!

scrappyjen said...

Thanks for popping by! I wish I had known you were there, we could have said 'hi!'. Did you look at the Karaoke Crafting video? lol! jenx

Kay Carley said...

Both the backgrounds and the flowers are beautiful Lisa. xx